South Africa has recorded 1 555 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to 661 211. Gauteng accounts for most of the country’s cases provincially with 217 370 (32.9%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 117 743 (17.8%).

The country has also recorded 13 new COVID-19 related fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 15 953.

In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says most of the new deaths were recorded in the Western Cape. The province recorded six of the 13 COVID-19 related deaths.

“Regrettably, we report 13 more COVID-19 related deaths: three from Eastern Cape, one from KwaZulu-Natal, three from Gauteng and six from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 15 953. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” says Dr Mkhize.

The Western Cape has recorded the most deaths provincially with 4 117 COVID-19 related deaths, followed by Gauteng with 4 030 deaths.

A total number of 4 041 543 tests have been conducted to date in the country, with 16 884 new tests conducted in the last 24-hour cycle.

590 071 people have recovered from the virus, bringing the country’s recovery rate to 89.2%.

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Below is the full statement by Dr Zweli Mkhize on the latest COVID-19 stats: